If it was as easy as “I feel depressed, I’ll just talk to someone” then literally everyone would be cured of depression by next week. One of the biggest issues for people with depression is feeling alone, even if you’re surrounded by loved ones, you often don’t feel like you can talk to people about how you feel, because most of the time, you don’t actually know how you feel or why you feel that way.
What to look out for
A sudden change in behaviour - Most people have patterns when it comes to their behaviour, daily or weekly patterns. This can be something simple such as turning up for work on time, posting regularly on social media (specifically the types of things they post), the time it takes for them to reply to your text, the detail of conversation in a text or message. If someone you know starts to do things or behave in a way that you notice is unusual for them, it could be a sign of depression or the start of something that could lead to depression. Of course, it could just be that they’ve decided to do things differently and there’s no issue.
Food patterns - A change in someone’s diet can also indicate a change in mental health, positive and negative.
Drinking - This is a big signal. If someone has started to drink a lot more than they usually do then you need to talk to them. Again, it could just be a one-off, but alcohol is one of the biggest depression masks going.
There are so many different signals to depression. The main thing you really need to look out for amongst your friends and relatives is unusual behaviour or something that makes you think “That’s not like them”. If you spot these changes then you need to message them! They’re not going to message you. A simple “Hey, I’ve noticed you’ve not quite been yourself lately, how are you?”
If your friend is acting out of character, message them. You could save their life.
I started my career as a music journalist in 2013 and have been involved in the music industry as a touring musician, studio engineer and artist consultant since 2002, as well as previously being a signed artist. My passion for delivering high quality, informative music-related news is a daily driving force behind the content I create. Also a huge gaming nerd! Born in the United Kingdom and currently living in Sweden. Skål!CONTACT ME HERE
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